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Welwyn Garden City

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

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Herns Way, Panshanger, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

WELWYN GC's under 18 youth team added further silverware to the Herns Lane trophy cabinet, by winning the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth trophy, beating AFC Dunstable in the second leg of their play-off final.

 

The sides came to Herns Lane level pegging after a 1-1 draw at Dunstable five days before, but the young Citizens dominated the second leg to fully deserve victory in what will be their last competitive game together.

 

Goalscoring hero was Kachi Njoku, who having scored the WGC goal in the first leg of the final, scored twice in the return leg.

 

The powerful striker was just too much for the Dunstable defence to hold and he scored a double in the opening 10 minutes of the second-half to clinch the final.

 

The first-half was goalless, but dominated by a WGC side that went close on several occasions.

 

Njoku was played through in seven minutes, but struck his shot against visiting keeper Mitchell Howe's legs.

 

WGC Youth kept on the offensive and Reggie Ross turned smartly on a through ball to strike a good effort just over in 12 minutes.

 

On 20 minutes, WGC Youth had the ball in the net, Njoku netting a header at the second attempt, but the effort was flagged offside.

 

Still the action continued one-way with Welwyn keeper Marcus Bourne largely untroubled and midfielder Luke Foster hit a tremendous dipping effort inches past a post, while Nathan Dimmock struck a half-volley straight at keeper Howe.

 

The enthusiastic Herns Lane crowd didn't have to wait long for a goal in the second-half.

 

In the half's opening attack Njoku was played through. He shrugged off two challenges to stab his effort past Howe for the lead.

 

Five minutes later, on 51 minutes, the big striker got away again. This time he unselfishly squared a pass across goal and Dimmock swept home his shot to double the lead.

 

The tie and trophy were sealed four minutes later, when a through ball sent Njoku racing through again and he finished with similiar accuracy in a carbon-copy of his first goal.

 

WGC Youth rang the changes after this, with a 3-0 lead, but AFC Dunstable reduced arrears with a spectacular 25 yard drive from substitute Lewis Lodge that dipped over keeper Bourne and just under the bar, midway through the half.

 

WGC Youth had no further alarms and crowned an outstanding season under the management of Stuart Johnson and Tim Ball, that also saw them go through their league campaign, unbeaten.

 

*Nine of this squad have made at least one appearance in WGC's first team this season.

 

WGC Youth: Marcus Bourne, Liam Tring, Will McClelland, George Duncan, Laurence Bearman, Seb Melandez, Luke Foster, Reggie Ross, Nathan Dimmock, Phil Ball (captain), Kachi Njoku. subs:- Nathan Isherwood, Dylan Plati, Joe McQuaid, Josh Dixon, Jordan Tring (all used).

Welwyn Garden City FC Youth 3 - 1 AFC Dunstable Youth (WGC win 4-2 on agg)